Open Heart Tours

Santa Fe, NM 87501

janie.e.cravens@gmail.com

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UPCOMING TOURS

WINTER needn't be      all snow and ice.........

Two special focus tours make Oaxaca the place to be in Winter 2020.  The Jan. 23rd - 31st is Foodways & Feasting!, supporting farmers markets there and in your hometown ($2400). Feb. 2nd - 10th has us steeped in textile lore with a big dose of romance to tip our hats to Valetine's Day!

8 balmy days /9 cool nights.....Sound enticing?

Sweaters and socks in the early morn are shed before lunch, so one can enjoy the sunny zocalo.  Oaxaca is a popular winter destination for snowbirds, but you're welcome to come even if you're from Florida!  Read on for a sample of the delights that await.....

EXAMPLE ITINERARY --- Sequence may change as needed. 

Day 1: Arrive to Oaxaca.  American & United have the only flights direct from the US to Oaxaca.

Day 2: Tour of El Centro plazas

Visit to Our Lady of the Assumption, Templo de San Felipe Neri

Comida corrida (typical Oaxacan luncheon)

Mujeres Artesesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca Women's Cooperative

 

Day 3: Visit to Coyotepec for black pottery (barro negro)

Meet Josefina Aguilar & daughters, ceramicists of Ocotlan

Free afternoon

Day 4: Visit the most colorful village market (tianguis) in Tlacolula

Tour of Iglesia Señor del Tlacolula

Lunch at a local restaurant

Yagul &/or Mitla archaeological site tour

Day 5:  Option to hike in the forested mountains of the Pueblos Mancomunados to experience eco-tourism & Zapotec village life; OR have a workshop (cochineal dyeing, weaving, cooking 7 moles, you decide!)

           

Day 6: Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca tour (optional) 

Santa Domingo Museo & Church (treasures from Monte Alban Tomb 7,  Early Spanish library holdings, rotating exhibits, frescos & Oaxacan history); 

Choose any or all of the other museums for a leisurely town day.

Day 7: Tour Monte Alban, the most significant archaeological site in Oaxaca, with a local history professor as guide; Lunch in the countryside

Day 8: PICK YOU PLEASURE DAY --- Every group can choose an adventure!

Day 9: Return home

FOODWAYS & FEASTING is a special offering from Open Heat Tours where part of each tour fee will be donated to the farmers market you designate. This tour will include special visits with the Non-GMO Movement; small organic farms, and sustainability efforts. 

Jan. 6

DETAILS

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Flights to and from Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Travel insurance

  • Dinners

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • $2300 to $2400 per person (see above) 

  • All tours are small, from 4-12 people

  • All private single rooms, with possible discount for double occupancy.  Please inquire about this option.

  • Daily full breakfast & lunch

  • Guided, bilingual tours

  • Transportation within Mexico

  • Entry fees into facilities

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:

  • $500 non-refundable deposit holds your spot

  • Deposit & Letter of Agreement form must accompany deposit. Form will be sent to you via email after initial inquiry.

  • Remaining balance due 60 days before departure date, along with proof of international health coverage.

  • We accept personal checks as payment